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Kinexon Wins 10th European Satellite Navigation Competition with Athlete Tracking Analysis

November 11, 2013By
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Online analysis of athletes’ tactical, technical, and physical capability is the focus of this year’s newly named Galileo Master, Kinexon GmbH. The 10th European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) recognized the best products, services, and innovations that facilitate the use of satellite navigation in everyday life. At the 2013 awards ceremony, prizes worth a total of about EUR 1 million were... read more

Galileo Satellites Put to the Test

November 11, 2013By
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Europe’s next pair of Galileo satellites have been the focus of a busy autumn at the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) technical centre in the Netherlands, continuing a full-scale campaign to ensure their readiness for space. With the first four Galileos already in orbit, these new versions are the first two of a total 22 Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellites being... read more

Fourth ESA Colloquium on Galileo Coming in December

November 4, 2013By

The Fourth International Colloquium on Scientific and Fundamental Aspects of the Galileo Programme will be held in Prague, Czech Republic, December 4–6. Since 2007, the worldwide scientific community has met every two years to discuss the possibilities for boosting the scientific use of Galileo and for contributing to the development of the GNSS. The event is always organized in one... read more

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The System: Autumn Falls Back

November 1, 2013By
Delta IV, the current GPS launch vehicle, awaits a date with space at Cape Canaveral.

Launch Delays Ground GPS IIF and Galileo FOC The scheduled October 23 launch of GPS IIF-5, the fifth in the current “follow-on” generation of GPS satellites, has been postponed in order to complete a review of an adjustment made to the rocket’s upper stage engine. A loss of thrust by a Delta IV rocket upper stage during a GPS launch last... read more

The Halloween Storms: When Solar Events Spooked the Skies

October 30, 2013By
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Ten years ago, scientists watching the skies experienced a Halloween fright of cosmic proportions, when space weather degraded GPS signals, affecting land and ocean surveys, and commercial and military aircraft navigation. The most extreme of what became known as the Halloween Storms hit on October 30, 2003 — ten years ago today. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency,... read more

GPS IIF-5 Launch Delayed

October 22, 2013By

The scheduled October 23 launch of GPS IIF-5, the fifth in the current “follow-on” generation of GPS satellites, has been postponed in order to complete a review of an adjustment made to the rocket’s upper stage engine. A fuel leak in that engine of the Delta 4 rocket during a GPS launch in October of last year created some worries... read more

Orolia to Supply Atomic Clocks for Galileo Satellites

October 17, 2013By
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Orolia has finalized the contracts to supply Rubidium atomic clocks (Rubidium Atomic Frequency Standard, RAFS) and passive hydrogen masers to equip eight satellites for Galileo’s Full Operational Capability Phase II program. The two new contracts, totaling 14.5 million euros, follows the authorization to proceed received in June 2012 for the manufacture of these two types of high-precision clocks. Oriola brands... read more

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European Ground Stations Enable Galileo Search and Rescue Training

October 8, 2013By
Svalbard station on Spitsbergen in the Norwegian Arctic.

The European Space Agency’s completion of a pair of dedicated ground stations at opposite ends of Europe has enabled Galileo satellites in orbit to participate in global testing of the Cospas–Sarsat search and rescue system.The Maspalomas station, at the southern end of the largest island of the Canary Islands, at the southern fringe of European waters, was activated in June. And... read more